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Demystifying cloud computing jargon: A guide to understanding the future of IT infrastructure

Demystifying cloud computing jargon: A guide to understanding the future of IT infrastructure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
How is it 2014 and I still don't understand all the cloud jargon out there? Thankfully at a SAGE hosted roundtable ITProPortal got to decipher the...
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This is what the cloud is

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2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor

2014 Talkin' Cloud 100: Cloud Service Providers Post Big Gains | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Who were the top cloud service providers, cloud aggregators and cloud brokers in 2014? Would it surprise you to learn that one of the top MSP 501 companies made Talkin' Cloud's 2014 list of top 100 Cloud Service Providers? Would it surprise you that CSPs on the 2014 TC100 list saw cloud services revenue gains of 48 percent year over year? Want to know more? Details here.
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The Top 100 CSPs generated more than $23.4 billion in combined cloud services revenues in 2013, up 48 percent from what they reported the previous year.

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An Example of Success in the Cloud | Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud

An Example of Success in the Cloud | Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
All kinds of businesses can benefit from cloud adoption — even those in technology. Here's an example of how one technology provider found success in the cloud.
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It took me five minutes to fire up my home desktop, install one of my five instances of Office365 available to me, download the client connector to our main PSA solution and I was up and running.

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Don't kill Exchange yet! Migrate to Office 365 step by step

Don't kill Exchange yet! Migrate to Office 365 step by step | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The best way to take advantage of Microsoft's cloud service is to move to it incrementally
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"CIOs need to recognize the move to Office 365 as an evolution, not a revolution," says Jay Gundotra, CEO of ENow, a provider of monitoring and professional services.

 

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Study: Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees | PCWorld

Study: Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees | PCWorld | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Migration to cloud apps could save a fortune, a study says. It also reveals some disturbing trends about how infrequently used these "essential" apps really are.
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The challenge is working out who those people are, which is where Softwatch’s Application Usage Analytics SaaS service comes in, the firm said. It could analyse who was using what and for how long over a given period.

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Picking Office 365 is the easy part -- now comes migration

Picking Office 365 is the easy part -- now comes migration | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Getting your email data into Office 365 can cause some heartburn, but there are many ways to minimize the pain
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To help you do that, Microsoft has provided the MAP (Microsoft Assessment and Planning) toolkit for Microsoft Online Services. It's a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool for making the move to Exchange Online.

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Building a private cloud? Don't overlook orchestration

Building a private cloud? Don't overlook orchestration | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Using virtualization does not automatically mean you have a private cloud, contrary to popular belief
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Having the ability to provide orchestration is where the private cloud needs to be. In fact, that's one of the more appealing aspects about public cloud offerings like Microsoft's Azure.

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VIDEO: Sharepoint/Office 365 functionality on Windows Phone 'demoed'

VIDEO: Sharepoint/Office 365 functionality on Windows Phone 'demoed' | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It's not often the Windows Phone promo machines concentrate on Office and documents - after all, these aren't terribly sexy, but I was interested to see the video embedded below appear on the official Nokia Support channel on YouTube.
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Other expert videos can be found on the Nokia Support channel on YouTube.

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Ethan England's curator insight, December 31, 2013 5:24 AM

SharePoint is the latest in collaboration technology, which improves the productivity and efficiency of organizations. 

SharePoint is the latest in collaboration technology, which improves the productivity and efficiency of organizations. 
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Microsoft finally takes on Google Docs with real-time editing in Office Web Apps

Microsoft finally takes on Google Docs with real-time editing in Office Web Apps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft’s range of Office Web Apps are finally getting real-time editing today. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are all being updated with the ability to support co-authoring that’s similar to...
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About time Microsoft got serious about its Office suite.

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Poste Italiane aims at cloud computing with Office 365 tie up | ZDNet

Poste Italiane aims at cloud computing with Office 365 tie up | ZDNet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Tie up with Microsoft Italy will integrate digital document services
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Congratualtions to MS! This is a good account

 

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How to make the move from Google Apps to Office 365

How to make the move from Google Apps to Office 365 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There's a new cloud on the block, so how do you migrate to it from the old cloud?
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Assuming that one would want to migrate, the process is easy and not rocket science, by any means. In fact since the free version for Google Apps is readily available with every Gmail account, why would one want to migrate completly. Using both cloud services, according to one's needs, would be the best deal.

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Why Microsoft is pushing Office subscriptions

Why Microsoft is pushing Office subscriptions | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Software Assurance's failings are coming home to roost, so Redmond is turning to perpetual payments, according to one analyst
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Microsoft has tried hard to pretend that it was not concerned with rise in popularity of Google Docs (now part of Drive).

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INFOGRAPHIC: The History of Microsoft Office | Vizual Archive

INFOGRAPHIC: The History of Microsoft Office | Vizual Archive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

1990 - 2013

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A cold wind is blowing through Microsoft

A cold wind is blowing through Microsoft | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The winds of change are pushing the Microsoft ecosystem further into the cloud -- don't let your career get blown off course
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Microsoft may be sucking the air out of on-premises Exchange
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Microsoft to tap $2-trillion Indian cloud market

Microsoft to tap $2-trillion Indian cloud market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the company would set up data centres in three Indian cities by the end of 2015, describing the country's demand for cloud services as "incredible".
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The move is part of the US tech giant's strategy to prepare for a world in which all data is stored online in locked accounts as it attempts to keep its market edge, with desktop use declining.

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EmpowerID Launches Office 365 Manager for Security, Control

EmpowerID Launches Office 365 Manager for Security, Control | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
EmpowerID has announced Office 365 Manager, a module that allows enterprises to extend their existing on-premise security and audit control model to the Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory cloud.
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Office 365 Manager, is designed to help enterprises streamline platform management, boost user productivity and lower their IT operating costs.

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Review: Microsoft Office Online vs. Apple iWork for iCloud vs. Google Drive

Review: Microsoft Office Online vs. Apple iWork for iCloud vs. Google Drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Online word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation apps can be surprisingly useful, or surprisingly lame, and not even Microsoft aces Office document compatibility
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Although promising the results of this review suggest that Online office substitutes are still lagging when compared to the more traditional office suites.

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VIDEO: Microsoft's cloud strategy shows early signs of pay off

VIDEO: Microsoft's cloud strategy shows early signs of pay off | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft reports better than expected profits after increasing marketing spend to support its cloud computing products.
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The company generated net income of $5.66bn in the three months to 31 March, a 6.5 per cent decline on the previous year, but better than analysts estimates. Revenue was flat at $20.4bn in the period.

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There's no future in on-premises IT -- it's time to move to the cloud

There's no future in on-premises IT -- it's time to move to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If you think virtualization skills mean your future as an IT admin is secure, you're sadly mistaken
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In the age-old rent-versus-buy debate, the cloud is making rental very compelling, especially as managed cloud environments begin to implement tools that provide automated spin-up/spin-down to avoid excessive consumption of resources (and higher costs).

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Review: Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps

Review: Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Web browser or Office suite? Microsoft's and Google's office productivity and collaboration clouds pit rich and complex against simple and lean
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Both Apps are great for business, but I would put Zoho there too. I think they have done a splendid job with their suite.

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Senad Dizdar's curator insight, January 9, 2014 8:13 PM

Review and compare: Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps

 

What's best for what you need

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Microsoft expands European cloud computing presence with €170m investment in Dublin

Microsoft expands European cloud computing presence with €170m investment in Dublin | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Firm builds on existing site to meet growing demands
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The new cloud computing capacity, which is due for completion in Spring 2014, is needed in order to meet the burgeoning demand for cloud services in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, Microsoft said.

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Apple, Google, or Microsoft? Your platform will dictate your office app

Apple, Google, or Microsoft? Your platform will dictate your office app | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Signs point to an Apple-only, Google-only, and Microsoft-only set of productivity apps for their respective platforms
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The article paints a pretty poor picture on the state of office apps on all 3 ecosystems. A bit more positive on the use of their cloud versions. i.e Google Drive and Office 365.

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Azure connection speeds up cloud computing for UK universities

Azure connection speeds up cloud computing for UK universities | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A private link between the Janet network and Microsoft's Windows Azure's datacentre will eliminate the need to send data over the public internet.
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"One of the major barriers holding back further cloud adoption is the time it takes to transfer large datasets from the lab to the cloud for analysis...."

 

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How cloud computing can lower your costs and increase your security

How cloud computing can lower your costs and increase your security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
How cloud computing can lower your costs and increase your security - Pervez Delawalla, president, CEO, Net2EZ
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Some useful info.

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Amélie Baekelandt's curator insight, May 10, 2013 3:27 AM

A major advantage of cloud computing is time and it offers more versatility and capacity. Cloud computing can also improve your ability to be agile and nimble because the monthly fee for service includes taking care of your hardware and resources.

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Microsoft could help save Dell to further its own cloud ambitions

Microsoft could help save Dell to further its own cloud ambitions | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Just as Microsoft poured $1 billion into Nokia to advance its smartphone vision, the company could see Dell as the perfect partner in cloud hardware
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